Pacers Slide to 3rd straight loss
Coming off a loss to the lowly Pistons, the Nets found a way to defeat the Pacers, handing them their 3rd straight loss. On two days’ rest, the Pacers no-showed in the first half as they put up only 30 points total. The Nets have been getting torched by other teams, but the Pacers did not have it last night’s game.
The current Pacers slide can be turned around if they get back to Pacers basketball on both sides of the ball. On offense, they have to share the basketball. Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon have been inefficient since their All-Star push, and the starters as a whole need to play better. On defense last season, the Pacers were 3rd in points allowed and 6th in opponent’s field goal %. This season they are currently 16th and 13th in those stats.
The Pacers need to get it done on the defensive end of the court and use a balanced scoring approach until they get two starters back in T.J. Warren and Caris Levert before the playoffs start.
Hoosiers Clutch in Evanston
The Hoosiers got off to a slow start, but veteran guard Armaan Franklin had 23 points, and Aljami Durham had 24 points to lead all scorers. He also hit a floater to tie the game to send it into the first overtime and a step back to send it in to the second overtime. The constant double teams took away the scoring threat that is Trayce Jackson-Davis, but he still ended with a double-double, including 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Hoosiers got the 79-76 victory, making it 10 straight losses for the Northwestern Wildcats. The Hoosiers return to action Saturday, Feb 13th, at Ohio State.
Pacers Return to the Palace
The Pacers slide has another chance to stop in enemy territory against Detroit on Thursday, February 11th. One of the darkest days in Pacers history happened here. The Pacers have three straight upcoming games against Eastern Conference teams: the Pistons, Hawks, and Bulls. The Pacers slide has dropped them to tied for fifth in the East, but this stretch can get them back in the top 4 of the Eastern Conference.
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